Russian opposition leader’s arrest follows anger over Kremlin’s plans to raise the state pension age

Police detained Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, outside his home in Moscow on Saturday, in a move that his supporters say was aimed at preventing him from leading nationwide protests against unpopular government plans to increase the national retirement age.

His spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, said the 42-year-old Kremlin critic was treated briefly in hospital for a suspected broken finger. It’s thought he was injured during his arrest, which police said was linked to his organisation of an opposition rally in Moscow on 28 January. He will remain in custody before he appears before a court on Monday.

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